Maybe it’s the Coors Field altitude but the Dodger bats exploded again on Saturday afternoon en route to a 12-4 rout of the Rockies in the second game of their three game set. The Dodgers scored 11 runs in the series opener which means they’ve plated 23 runs over their last two contests. They spread around the wealth as several Dodgers had a great day at the plate. Joc Pederson collected 4 hits and hit two home runs. Matt Kemp bombed his ninth shot of the season and Chris Taylor had two hits and two runs driven in including a triple. Even little spunky Breyvic Valera had two hits and drove in three runs. The Dodger’s eight run rally in the seventh inning blew the game open.
On the pitching side, Walker Buehler started the game and was shaky from the beginning. He was constantly in trouble from the start but like any good pitcher was able to limit the damage. Buehler threw five innings and allowed four earned runs on eight hits and struck out two. The Dodgers induced three double plays during the game that helped tremendously.
Dodgers 12 13 0
Rockies 4 10 0
The Dodger bats faced Colorado right hander German Marquez who’s been terrible at home (ERA over 7), and he wasn’t terrible. Marquez pitched six frames allowing four earned runs on seven hits while striking out eight. The Dodgers feasted off the Colorado bullpen. The Rockie’s relievers allowed eight earned runs.
The Dodgers scored two in the top of the second to jump out to an early lead. Kemp (the best hitter in the National League) singled and Joc doubled him to third. A Yasiel Puig RBI grounder scored the first run before Breyvic Valera’s trickler past DJ LeMahieu’s diving glove into right field plated the second run.
The Rockies answered with four runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 4-2 lead. A Trevor Story single, an Ian Desmond walk and a Tony Wolter’s ground ball single gets the first Rockie’s run across. Later in the inning LeMahieu doubles and Charlie Blackmon singles. Colorado up by a 4-2 score.
Meanwhile Buehler wiggled out of a jam in the bottom of the third and settled in after that four-run second inning quite nicely. Story doubled to open the frame and one-out later Ian Desmond is hit by a pitch. Buehler immediately gets Wolters to GIDP and the Dodgers get out of it.
In the top of the fourth, Joc goes oppo boppo for the first of his two solo home runs to get the Dodgers closer. The score is now 4-3 Colorado. Joc would homer again in the top of the sixth, this time into the right field bleachers to tie the game at 4-4. Pedro Baez got into some trouble in the bottom of the sixth after allowing two runners to reach. However he got LeMahieu to ground into an inning ending double play to end the inning without any runs scoring. The Dodger bullpen overall was fantastic, tossing four scoreless frames.
The Dodgers batted around in the seventh inning. With Marquez out of the game and Bryan Shaw on the mound, Taylor started it all with a single to center. After a wild pitch Justin Turner singles Taylor to third. Yasmani Grandal’s force out breaks the tie and gives the Dodgers a 5-4 lead. No lead is safe at Coors so the Dodgers figured they would be better off not taking any chances. So they scored a bunch of runs.
It was an onslaught. With Grandal aboard, Kemp lines a laser beam over the left field wall for his ninth home run of the season. The Dodgers lead is now 7-4. Mike Dunn walks Cody Bellinger and Joc singles Bellinger to second. After a walk to Yasiel Puig to load the bases, Valera’s ground ball single up the middle plates two more runs to extend the Dodger lead to 9-4.
There’s another Colorado pitching change and Enrique Hernandez walks. Harrison Musgrave’s wild pitch scores the Dodger’s tenth run. Then Taylor triples in two more and the Dodgers are now leading by a 12-4 score. Scott Alexander, and Daniel Hudson finished the rest of the game for the Dodgers. The two combined for three scoreless innings and three strikeouts.
Don’t look now but the Dodgers are now only two games behind in the wild wild National league west. The boys in blue improve to 28-30 and are now 14-13 on the road. Maybe the Dodgers can salvage this season but they’re going to have to continue to score runs when they return to sea level as well. The Dodgers have now won 12 of their last 16 games. They’ll go for the sweep on Sunday afternoon with Alex Wood on the mound. Wood was pushed back because of leg cramping. Hopefully the mile high air won’t bother him. Colorado will counter with right hander Chad Bettis. First pitch is scheduled for a little after noon (12:10 PM PST).